The Dandenong Ranges Tourist Track follows Menzies Creek, Woori Yallock Creek, and Sassafras Creek for a stated 15km from Emerald to Sassafras. The total distance measured by us was 16.5km with a very overgrown 5km section in the middle. It seems that the start and the end of this trail are well maintained and enjoyable, however the middle section is very windy and very overgrown, almost to the point of not being enjoyable as you battle your way through and over many fallen trees and overgrown shrubbery, as well as blackberry bushes.
The Dandenong Ranges Tourist Track can be quite difficult to follow at times since it crosses over many roads, sometimes joining in strange, unsuspecting places. It is usually marked out with orange arrow markers, however this are often not present at junctions along the way which may be confusing for novice walkers. As mentioned, there is also a good chunk of the trail which is rather overgrown and also difficult to navigate as a result.
- Starting Point: Telopea Road, Emerald
- Hiking Trail Difficulty: Grade 4
- Distance: 16.5km
- Trail Type: One Way
- Elevation Gain: 465m
- Elevation Loss: 235m
- Minimum Elevation: 180m
- Maximum Elevation: 490m
- Time to Complete: 5 hours 30 minutes
- Ending Point: 394 Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Sassafras
Detailed Hiking Trail Guide:
And welcome to the finishing point of Dandenong Ranges Tourist Track near 394 Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Sassafras. Hopefully you’ve arranged a car pool, or you can jump in an Uber which will get you back to the starting point for about $30.
Last modified: April 20, 2018